This video explores metadata management in Omeka Classic, a content management system geared toward digital collection curation. I’ve mentioned Omeka in other blog posts such as:

Omeka is popular in digital humanities (DH) work done by libraries, museums, and independent curators of digital collections. In order to make these collections accessible, items must have consistent, accurate metadata.

DublinCore metadata standard was used by Omeka creators. Metadata fields that can be expected:

  • Title
  • Subject
  • Description
  • Creator
  • Source
  • Publisher
  • Date
  • Contributor
  • Rights
  • Relation
  • Format
  • Language
  • Type
  • Identifier
  • Coverage

As explored in the video, Omeka enables plugins for LC Suggest and Getty Suggest controlled vocabularies. These plugins provide consistent metadata options for items. By standardizing a controlled vocabulary, site-wide searching is easier and more efficient for the public. There is also an option to configure customized metadata schema.

Major tip: consistency is key. The smallest difference in terminology spelling can affect the relative ease with which a patron accesses an item in the online collection.